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8th Jul '17 11:06:55 AM narm00
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-->-- '''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker''', ''Film/{{Batman}} (1989)''

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-->-- '''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker''', '''ComicBook/TheJoker''', ''Film/{{Batman}} (1989)''



* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, to varying degrees in one ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' adaptation or another. The comic version definitely is, if stand-up comedy is considered "art", as his constant goal is to make people laugh as he kills them.

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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, ComicBook/TheJoker, to varying degrees in one ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' adaptation or another. The comic version definitely is, if stand-up comedy is considered "art", as his constant goal is to make people laugh as he kills them.



* In ''Film/SecretWindow''. [[spoiler: the main character turns out to be a mad artist (of the 'mystery writer who acts out his own story' type) with SplitPersonality]].
* The main character in Roger Corman's ''BucketOfBlood'' gains recognition in the Beatnik art community with a dead cat covered in clay. He works his way up from there...

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* In ''Film/SecretWindow''. ''Film/SecretWindow'', [[spoiler: the main character turns out to be a mad artist (of the 'mystery writer who acts out his own story' type) with SplitPersonality]].
* The main character in Roger Corman's ''BucketOfBlood'' ''Film/BucketOfBlood'' gains recognition in the Beatnik art community with a dead cat covered in clay. He works his way up from there...



* ''CecilBDemented'' and the Sprocket Holes.

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* ''CecilBDemented'' ''Film/CecilBDemented'' and the Sprocket Holes.



* Irving Wallace, the killer in the SlasherMovie ''Film/StageFrightAquarius'' is hinted to be one. After disposing everyone in theater (except the FinalGirl, whom he somehow forgot), he starts organizing the bodies into a bizarre display. After he is done, he sits down in the middle of it and starts stroking the local caretaker's cat.

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* Irving Wallace, the killer in the SlasherMovie ''Film/StageFrightAquarius'' is hinted to be one. After disposing of everyone in the theater (except the FinalGirl, whom he somehow forgot), he starts organizing the bodies into a bizarre display. After he is done, he sits down in the middle of it and starts stroking the local caretaker's cat.



* In the 1989 version of ''{{Film/Batman}}'', The Joker describes himself as "the worlds first, fully functioning homicidal artist" and reveals his girlfriend Felicia as one of his [[BodyHorror "masterpieces"]].

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* In the 1989 version of ''{{Film/Batman}}'', The Joker describes himself as "the worlds world's first, fully functioning homicidal artist" and reveals his girlfriend Felicia as one of his [[BodyHorror "masterpieces"]].



* Boday from Creator/JackChalker's series "RidersOfTheWind", who turns girls into living pieces of art for the rich clients. It's somewhat a stretch to call her evil (she travels with the main characters, and becomes more of a good character by the end of the series), but she's still quite insane ([[ThirdPersonPerson third-person speaking]] included).

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* Boday from Creator/JackChalker's series "RidersOfTheWind", "Literature/RidersOfTheWind", who turns girls into living pieces of art for the rich clients. It's somewhat a stretch to call her evil (she travels with the main characters, and becomes more of a good character by the end of the series), but she's still quite insane ([[ThirdPersonPerson third-person speaking]] included).



* ThePhantomOfTheOpera is a mad musician, composing music and teaching Christine how to sing.
** In the original book from Gaston Leraux, the Phantom, between [[ProfessionalKiller his]] [[{{Blackmail}} many]] [[StickyFingers talents]] also is a great [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} architect]], the world痴 best [[{{ventriloquism}} ventriloquist]] and TortureTechnician.

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* ThePhantomOfTheOpera Franchise/ThePhantomOfTheOpera is a mad musician, composing music and teaching Christine how to sing.
** In [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera the original book book]] from Gaston Leraux, the Phantom, between [[ProfessionalKiller his]] [[{{Blackmail}} many]] [[StickyFingers talents]] also is a great [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} architect]], the world痴 best [[{{ventriloquism}} ventriloquist]] and TortureTechnician.



* Creator/HPLovecraft's Franchise/CthulhuMythos :

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* [[GodIsEvil The Lamb]], from MervynPeake's short story ''Boy In Darkness'', who uses PsychicPowers to change people, [[TransformationTrauma physically]] [[MindRape and mentally]] into [[HalfHumanHybrid half-person]], [[{{Squick}} half-animal]]...''creatures'' for the sake of [[ForScience art]].

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* [[GodIsEvil The Lamb]], from MervynPeake's Creator/MervynPeake's short story ''Boy In Darkness'', who uses PsychicPowers to change people, [[TransformationTrauma physically]] [[MindRape and mentally]] into [[HalfHumanHybrid half-person]], [[{{Squick}} half-animal]]...''creatures'' for the sake of [[ForScience art]].



* Caster and his new buddy Ryuunosuke in ''LightNovel/FateZero''. Sometimes they artistically murder people, but the cake winner for squick has to be the giant cavern filled with people who ''had their organs turned into musical instruments.'' There's an organ made on squeezing intestine sections for the screams of the victim. Rider notes that a lot of them are [[AndIMustScream still alive...]] [[FateWorseThanDeath technically.]] [[MercyKill He fixes that.]]

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* Caster and his new buddy Ryuunosuke in ''LightNovel/FateZero''. Sometimes they artistically murder people, but the cake winner for squick has to be the giant cavern filled with people who ''had their organs turned into musical instruments.'' There's an organ made on that works by squeezing intestine sections for the screams of the victim. Rider notes that a lot of them are [[AndIMustScream still alive...]] [[FateWorseThanDeath technically.]] [[MercyKill He fixes that.]]



** In ''Relentless,'' we have Shearman Waxx, a book critic obsessed with destroying any writer who dares veer away from the postmodern, deconstructionist philosophy... to the point that, should they keep writing after he trashes them in a review, he will [[spoiler: hunt them down, destroy everything they own, murder their loved ones while forcing them to watch, then finally torturing them to death.]] As it turns out, he is [[spoiler: just one of an entire rogue black-ops bureaucracy dedicated to the cause, as a way to control and steer the popular culture to a more "ideal"... Nietzchean... end.]] Subverted in the fact that, as a writer, Waxx himself is an abysmal hack, using boilerplate quotes and recycled turns of phrase in all his reviews.
** ''Velocity'' deals with a crazed performance artist named Valis, who sends written ultimatums to the protagonist rhetorically asking which people he should kill. The protagonist correctly surmises that Valis sees his crimes as work of art and eventually tracks him down, leading to a deranged monologue from Valis.

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** In ''Relentless,'' we have Shearman Waxx, a book critic obsessed with destroying any writer who dares veer away from the postmodern, deconstructionist philosophy... to the point that, should they keep writing after he trashes them in a review, he will [[spoiler: hunt them down, destroy everything they own, murder their loved ones while forcing them to watch, then finally torturing torture them to death.]] As it turns out, he is [[spoiler: just one of an entire rogue black-ops bureaucracy dedicated to the cause, as a way to control and steer the popular culture to a more "ideal"... Nietzchean... end.]] Subverted in the fact that, as a writer, Waxx himself is an abysmal hack, using boilerplate quotes and recycled turns of phrase in all his reviews.
** ''Velocity'' deals with a crazed performance artist named Valis, who sends written ultimatums to the protagonist rhetorically asking which people he should kill. The protagonist correctly surmises that Valis sees his crimes as work works of art and eventually tracks him down, leading to a deranged monologue from Valis.



** She is portrayed as a definite 'good guy', as she's the narrator's love interest and the one who not only helps him after he's been burned to near death, get over his raging ego and get him off his drugs.

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** She is portrayed as a definite 'good guy', as she's the narrator's love interest and the one who not only helps him after he's been burned to near death, but also get over his raging ego and get him off his drugs.



* One of the major signs that society has completely screwed itself over in ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' is that serial killers are revered as "forced involvement artists." (A subplot involves a less murderous artist calling a serial killer a hack for making art of others' deaths rather than his own, and challenging him to a dual suicide, to be judged by posterity. [[spoiler:The killer doesn't respond to the challenge, but shortly afterwards, he's hit by a car. Nobody's sure whether it was a murder, a suicide, or an accident--and ironically, he does create "art" by raising such a question.]]

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* One of the major signs that society has completely screwed itself over in ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' is that serial killers are revered as "forced involvement artists." (A subplot involves a less murderous artist calling a serial killer a hack for making art of others' deaths rather than his own, and challenging him to a dual suicide, to be judged by posterity. [[spoiler:The killer doesn't respond to the challenge, but shortly afterwards, he's hit by a car. Nobody's sure whether it was a murder, a suicide, or an accident--and accident -- and ironically, he does create "art" by raising such a question.]]



** Mehendri Solon in "The Brain of Morbius" is this in addition to being a MadScientist ''and'' a MadDoctor. He wants to revive a Time Lord dictator by building him a new body, but is far too concerned with both the body and the methods being used to build it being beautiful. He has decorated his house with home-made sculptures of heads which the Doctor comments on finding a bit disturbing, and is implied that despite his stated reasoning the real reason he becomes dead set upon using the Doctor's head in his project is simply because he likes the look of it.

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** Mehendri Solon in "The Brain of Morbius" is this in addition to being a MadScientist ''and'' a MadDoctor. He wants to revive a Time Lord dictator by building him a new body, but is far too concerned with both the body and the methods being used to build it being beautiful. He has decorated his house with home-made sculptures of heads which the Doctor comments on finding he finds a bit disturbing, and is it's implied that despite his stated reasoning the real reason he becomes dead set upon using the Doctor's head in his project is simply because he likes the look of it.



* In ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSinbad'', Sinbad and his crew encounter a sculptor with a ''lot'' of female statues, which Sinbad notes on the lack of any seeming tool marks. Turns out the "sculptor" had a magic glove that turned anything he touch to marble and had been using girls that he lured into his mansion to become his "art" after sedating them. The only way to free the girls? Sinbad [[OhCrap turns the glove onto its user]].

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* In ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSinbad'', Sinbad and his crew encounter a sculptor with a ''lot'' of female statues, which and Sinbad notes on the lack of any seeming tool marks. Turns out the "sculptor" had a magic glove that turned anything he touch touched to marble and had been using girls that he lured into his mansion to become his "art" after sedating them. The only way to free the girls? Sinbad [[OhCrap turns the glove onto its user]].



* The character James Franco plays in his reoccurring guest role on the soap opera ''Series/GeneralHospital'' fits this. The character, nicknamed Franco, is a artist, sociopath and serial killer who artistically depicts crime scene reenactments and is obsessed with murder and death as an art form.

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* The character James Franco plays in his reoccurring recurring guest role on the soap opera ''Series/GeneralHospital'' fits this. The character, nicknamed Franco, is a artist, sociopath and serial killer who artistically depicts crime scene reenactments and is obsessed with murder and death as an art form.



* ''Series/TheFollowing'': Joe Carroll, Gothic literature scholar, mediocre writer, SerialKiller and Cult Leader. He looks at his killing spree as a performance art piece. He also encourages his Followers to come up with their own signature murder style and carry out their crimes with as much dramatic flair as possible. It's implied that his failure as a writer helped to spur him onto murderous insanity; basically, it helped him find the best medium for his talents.

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* ''Series/TheFollowing'': Joe Carroll, Gothic literature scholar, mediocre writer, SerialKiller and Cult Leader. He looks at his killing spree as a performance art piece. He also encourages his Followers followers to come up with their own signature murder style and carry out their crimes with as much dramatic flair as possible. It's implied that his failure as a writer helped to spur him onto murderous insanity; basically, it helped him find the best medium for his talents.



* In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', the [[LooksLikeOrlok Nosferatu]] clanbook mentioned some of them making an art out of killing, intentionally employing tropes from slasher movies when stalking their victims.

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* In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', the [[LooksLikeOrlok Nosferatu]] clanbook mentioned clanbooks mention some of them making an art out of killing, intentionally employing tropes from slasher movies when stalking their victims.victims. Such Nosferatu are nicknamed [[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre1974 "Leatherfaces"]]



** One character in the Devil-Tiger Dharma book for ''TabletopGame/KindredOfTheEast'' is a Japanese performance artist who had herself torn to pieces by hungry dogs as part of a piece combining escape artistry and video art to commemorate the futility of human struggle. This was entirely intentional on her part, her only concerns in planning it being artistic ones. Her return as one of the Wan Kuei appears to have helped her recover somewhat.



** In the ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' setting, while nobody [[BlueAndOrangeMorality really understands why]] [[HumanoidAbomination the Daelkyr]] like to conquer planets and horribly mutate the local inhabitants, WordOfGod leans towards this interpretation- the Daelkyr aren't conquerors but ''artists'', and destroying worlds is simply a form of art to them.

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** In the ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' setting, while nobody [[BlueAndOrangeMorality really understands why]] [[HumanoidAbomination the Daelkyr]] like to conquer planets and horribly mutate the local inhabitants, WordOfGod leans towards this interpretation- interpretation - the Daelkyr aren't conquerors but ''artists'', and destroying worlds is simply a form of art to them.
9th Jun '17 8:59:37 AM AgentKyles
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The Mad Artist is somewhat rarer a trope than the Mad Scientist since, while ScienceIsBad, art is almost always good, or at least benign (even if it is [[TrueArtIsAngsty angsty]] or [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible incomprehensible]]). Some characters actually embody both tropes at once, using super science to fuel their mad artistic vision. While a MadScientist can be one of the good guys, you'll practically never see a Mad Artist so venerated葉o escalate into ''Mad'' Artistry, the artist must usually break too sacred a taboo (eg. murder or torture) to be an acceptable good guy.

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The Mad Artist is somewhat rarer a trope than the Mad Scientist since, while ScienceIsBad, art is almost always good, or at least benign (even if it is [[TrueArtIsAngsty angsty]] or [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible incomprehensible]]). Some characters actually embody both tropes at once, using super science to fuel their mad artistic vision. While a MadScientist can be one of the good guys, you'll practically never see a Mad Artist so venerated葉o escalate into ''Mad'' Artistry, the artist must usually [[MoralEventHorizon break too sacred a taboo taboo]] (eg. murder or torture) to be an acceptable good guy.
19th May '17 6:03:31 PM Game_Fan
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** They're both quite dedicated to their art as well. Sasori is ultimately defeated [[spoiler:after his resurrection]] when its pointed out that his creations will go on forever and no longer need him. Deidara has an existential crisis after [[spoiler:being resurrected as an unkillable zombie who thus cannot end his life in a blaze of glory]].
15th May '17 7:50:50 PM Snowsky
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* In ''[[https://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comments/220wxh/the_artist/ The Artist]],'' an original Reddit story from r/nosleep, the narrator falls in love with and marries an artist who creates deranged works but otherwise seems like the perfect woman--beautiful, talented, and vivacious. They start a happy life together, but the red flags begin to show when the artist has a mental breakdown, piles up all her paintings, burns them to a crisp and sculpts the charred remains into a pained-looking phoenix sculpture. Despite this incident, the narrator stays with her and they have twin daughters, while the artist starts to see a psychiatrist and take mood stabilizers. [[HopeSpot Everything seems fine for a few years,]] until [[spoiler:the narrator comes home one day and finds out his wife has [[OffingTheOffspring killed their daughters and made them into an art exhibit]]]].

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* In ''[[https://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comments/220wxh/the_artist/ The Artist]],'' an original Reddit story from r/nosleep, the narrator falls in love with and marries an artist who creates deranged works paintings but otherwise seems like the perfect woman--beautiful, talented, and vivacious. They start a happy life together, but the red flags begin to show when the artist has a mental breakdown, piles up burns all her paintings, burns them paintings to a crisp and sculpts the charred remains into a pained-looking phoenix sculpture. Despite this incident, the narrator stays with her and they have twin daughters, while the artist starts to see a psychiatrist and take mood stabilizers. [[HopeSpot Everything seems fine for a few years,]] until [[spoiler:the narrator comes home one day and finds out his wife has [[OffingTheOffspring killed their daughters and made them into an art exhibit]]]].
15th May '17 7:49:40 PM Snowsky
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* In ''[[https://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comments/220wxh/the_artist/ The Artist]],'' an original Reddit story from r/nosleep, the narrator falls in love with and marries a beautiful artist who creates deranged works but otherwise seems like the perfect woman--beautiful, talented, and vivacious. They start a happy life together, but the red flags begin to show when the artist has a mental breakdown, piles up all her paintings, burns them to a crisp and sculpts the charred remains into a pained-looking phoenix sculpture. Despite this, the narrator stays with her and they have twin daughters, while the artist starts to see a psychiatrist and take mood stabilizers. [[HopeSpot Everything seems fine for a few years,]] until [[spoiler:the narrator comes home one day and finds out his wife has [[OffingTheOffspring killed their daughters and made them into an art exhibit]]]].

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* In ''[[https://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comments/220wxh/the_artist/ The Artist]],'' an original Reddit story from r/nosleep, the narrator falls in love with and marries a beautiful an artist who creates deranged works but otherwise seems like the perfect woman--beautiful, talented, and vivacious. They start a happy life together, but the red flags begin to show when the artist has a mental breakdown, piles up all her paintings, burns them to a crisp and sculpts the charred remains into a pained-looking phoenix sculpture. Despite this, this incident, the narrator stays with her and they have twin daughters, while the artist starts to see a psychiatrist and take mood stabilizers. [[HopeSpot Everything seems fine for a few years,]] until [[spoiler:the narrator comes home one day and finds out his wife has [[OffingTheOffspring killed their daughters and made them into an art exhibit]]]].
15th May '17 7:47:31 PM Snowsky
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* In ''[[https://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comments/220wxh/the_artist/ The Artist]],'' an original Reddit story from r/nosleep, the narrator falls in love with and marries a beautiful artist who creates deranged works but otherwise seems like the perfect woman--beautiful, talented, and vivacious. They start a happy life together, but the red flags begin to show when the artist has a mental breakdown, piles up all her paintings, burns them to a crisp and sculpts the charred remains into a pained-looking phoenix sculpture. Despite this, the narrator stays with her and they have twin daughters, while the artist starts to see a psychiatrist and take mood stabilizers. [[HopeSpot Everything seems fine for a few years,]] until [[spoiler:the narrator comes home one day and finds out his wife has [[OffingTheOffspring killed their daughters and made them into an art exhibit]]]].
7th May '17 7:42:55 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* The eponymous villain from the ''WesternAnimation/GummiBears'' episode "The sinister Sculptor". Not as much mad as he was greedy, he had no artistic talent whatsoever, using magical powder (which he had stolen) to turn wildlife to stone and sell them as decorative art. The Gummis (minus Grammi and Gruffi) fell victim to this and were sold to Calla, making the heroes attempt to recover and rscue them (very hard to sneak into the royal family's private rooms) a chore.
28th Apr '17 2:58:21 PM Muttmeat
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The Mad Artist is somewhat rarer a trope than the Mad Scientist since, while ScienceIsBad, art is almost always good, or at least benign (even if it is [[TrueArtIsAngsty angsty]] or [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible incomprehensible]]). Some characters actually embody both tropes at once, using super science to fuel their mad artistic vision. While a MadScientist can be one of the good guys, you'll practically never see a Mad Artist so venerated葉o escalate into ''Mad'' Artistry, the artist must usually break two sacred a taboo (eg. murder or torture) to be an acceptable good guy.

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The Mad Artist is somewhat rarer a trope than the Mad Scientist since, while ScienceIsBad, art is almost always good, or at least benign (even if it is [[TrueArtIsAngsty angsty]] or [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible incomprehensible]]). Some characters actually embody both tropes at once, using super science to fuel their mad artistic vision. While a MadScientist can be one of the good guys, you'll practically never see a Mad Artist so venerated葉o escalate into ''Mad'' Artistry, the artist must usually break two too sacred a taboo (eg. murder or torture) to be an acceptable good guy.
28th Apr '17 2:57:43 PM Muttmeat
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The Mad Artist is somewhat rarer a trope than the Mad Scientist since, while ScienceIsBad, art is almost always good, or at least benign (even if it is [[TrueArtIsAngsty angsty]] or [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible incomprehensible]]). Some characters actually embody both tropes at once, using super science to fuel their mad artistic vision. While a MadScientist can be one of the good guys, you'll practically never see a Mad Artist so venerated葉o escalate into ''Mad'' Artistry, the artist must usually break too sacred a taboo (eg. murder or torture) to be an acceptable good guy.

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The Mad Artist is somewhat rarer a trope than the Mad Scientist since, while ScienceIsBad, art is almost always good, or at least benign (even if it is [[TrueArtIsAngsty angsty]] or [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible incomprehensible]]). Some characters actually embody both tropes at once, using super science to fuel their mad artistic vision. While a MadScientist can be one of the good guys, you'll practically never see a Mad Artist so venerated葉o escalate into ''Mad'' Artistry, the artist must usually break too two sacred a taboo (eg. murder or torture) to be an acceptable good guy.
24th Apr '17 6:34:58 AM profviral
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* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'''s Anghel Higure is a kind and sweethearted amateur (and GiftedlyBad) manga-ka who sees the world through hallucinations of a fantasy JRPG universe and believes himself to be the fallen guardian angel of an imprisoned warrior goddess ([[PlayerCharacter guess]]). He may ramble, but he's a benevolent example of this trope.

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* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'''s Anghel Higure is a kind and sweethearted amateur (and GiftedlyBad) manga-ka who sees the world through hallucinations of a fantasy JRPG universe and believes himself to be the fallen guardian angel of an imprisoned warrior goddess ([[PlayerCharacter guess]]). guess who that is]]). He may ramble, ramble on, but he's a benevolent example of this trope.
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